Comcast is Looking to Give Customers Rebates for Unplayed Baseball Games!
If you are one of the folks who hasn’t “cut the cord” then you may be familiar with “regional sports fees.” These are the fees that Comcast charges customers to air local major sports games. Philly area customers pay $8.75 per month to watch local sports.
However, we also know the pandemic all but wiped out MLB games. Comcast pays regional sports networks such as NBC Sports to carry their channels. These same regional networks pay Comcast for the rights to broadcast games from teams. This is pretty much where a huge chunk of player salaries come from. Nonetheless Comcast continued to charge customers regional sports fees despite not showing regional sports. As you would expect this prompted many customers to call and complain.
Now it looks as though local networks will credit Comcast for games not played. Comcast in-turn plans to pass along these savings to its customers. The amount that will be credited is still up-in-the-air. Credits may vary depending on the customer’s location as well. The regional sports fees have spike significantly in recent years. Just four years ago regional sports fees hovered around the $3 mark. Then it ballooned to $8.25 in 2019 before settling at $8.75 in 2020.